I attended my first Champaign Cruisers Firecracker Car, Truck and Bike show on Tuesday. This is the 20th year the Champaign Cruisers car club has sponsored a car show on the 4th of July.
The show is held in the grass and wooded areas surrounding the Skelley Lumber Company in Urbana, Ohio.
Club members helped to park cars as they entered the show area and directed traffic after the show was over. The club even went as far as to mark off parking areas with white spray paint to ensure adequate space for foot and golf cart traffic between car rows. You could tell the club has been doing this for a few years.
I originally planned to stop by the Last Friday Cruise-in, but after cleaning my car all day and a threat of showers in the area, I decided to spend Friday evening at home.
Saturday's weather was much improved so the first stop of the day was at Columbus Cars and Coffee at the Lennox Town Center.
This was my fourth visit this year to the Saturday morning cruise-in. Attendance was down a little from previous visits. I'm guessing the holiday weekend had something to do with this.
I counted three Cadillac CTS-V that made an appearance. Here are two of them.
Started the week with a stop at the Powell Ruby Tuesday. Larry Walters is working hard to get this weekly cruise-in off the ground.
Only 10 cars showed up this week. A couple of C7 Corvettes came for the first time which gave me the opportunity to take a photo of Chevy's current performance products.
A rare 1964 Plymouth Valiant v8 with 4 speed manual transmission also made an appearance. If you're looking for something to do on Tuesday evening, stop by Ruby Tuesday. Bring a "classic" car or truck and you'll get 10% off your bill at the restaurant.
Der Dutchman Week-6 Sets a New Record
A couple big things happened this week for the Der Dutchman cruise-in. First, Wayne Nisley was back in his role as host of the cruise-in after a week hiatus for a health issue. Second, Wayne made it back just in time to see the cruise-in set a milestone with 100 registered vehicles.
Political and social commentary has not, and will not be the intended focus of this website. However, this morning I received an article on my Facebook timeline from Heatstreet.com about a women having a confrontation at a Toronto festival with the owner of a Dukes of Hazzard "General Lee" replica. Seems the women took extreme issue with Confederate flags on the car, and demanded the car be removed from the festival.
You can read the full article and watch the video of the confrontation here.
I bring this up because I think it's important for all car show enthusiasts and sponsors to be made aware of the potential for something like this to occur here. Especially in light of the fact that a General Lee replica just made an appearance at the Hilliard Historical Village car show this past weekend.
It also begs the question of whether or not vehicles that fall outside the range of "political correctness" should be banned from participating in car shows or cruise-ins for fear of offending someone.
When my son was a child (he's now almost 41), the Dukes of Hazzard was his favorite TV show, and the General Lee his favorite car.
I can certainly understand someone wanting to own a replica of this car as an adult. It's a darn cool car.
Back then, no one said "boo" about the flag on the top of the car. Have we gone so over board with our "political correctness" that bringing a replica of this car to a show could now potentially incite a riot. I sure hope not.
I was extremely disappointed that the festival organizers felt the need to apologize for the car and its owner's participation in the festival. The car was an integral part of the TV show, and the Confederate flag an integral part of the car. While I understand how the flag's symbology can elicit strong feelings, the car itself represents none of that. It only represents a popular TV series from the late '70s and early 80's. Everyone just needs to lighten up a bit.
Please let me know what you think in the comments section.
Friday's showers, which cancelled most of the events scheduled for the evening, gave way to almost perfect weather on Saturday. With Seven car and motorcycle shows on tap for the central Ohio area, classic car owners had lots of choices where to spend their Saturday afternoon.
I chose to attend the Hilliard Historic Village Car show hosted by the Empty Pocket Cruisers. The show was held at Weaver Park on the Franklin County Fairgrounds.
The show offered the traditional door prizes and 50/50 raffle. It also offered a unique "Participation Raffle". Every car owner that registered for the show was automatically entered in a raffle to win a dollar amount equal to the number of registered vehicles. With the show registering 111 cars, trucks, and bikes, one lucky owner went home $111 richer.
Wednesday afternoon The Inn at Olentangy Trail held its first ever car show. For those that may not know, the Inn is an assisted living facility for senior citizens off of Rt 23 just across from Menards.
The show was held from 4 pm to 7 pm. Registration was $10 and all proceeds went to benefit the Alzheimer's Association. Hot dogs, chips, corn on the cobb and drinks were included with registration.
The Auto Smarts Radio Cruise and Ride 2017 Tour made a stop on Saturday at Cruisin Classics Auto Sales for their 11th show of the season.
Despite the extremely warm temperatures, 76 vehicles turned out for the show.
Dan "Boots" Longenette and the Auto Smarts team in conjunction with Crusin Classics raised more than a $1000 for the USO. Great job!
UPDATE: Jack Maxton has posted photos from the cruise-in to their Facebook Page.
Jack Maxton Chevrolet kicked off the first of their four monthly cruise-ins on Friday evening.The dealership has been holding these monthly Chevy only car shows for 26 years.
The third Friday in June, July, August and September the Maxton team moves all the cars from the west and front sides of the dealership to make room for the cruisers. There's live music, a DJ, 50/50 raffle, food truck and t-shirt raffle. Registration is free. The t-shirt raffle costs $5 for a chance to win $150 and $50. Maxton gives out more than 70 awards each show.
Despite the 90 degree temperatures on Friday, 250 vehicles registered for the cruise-in. An estimated 50-75 more cars and trucks showed up that didn't register. Read more
The humidity and potential threat of showers kept a few folks home this week. Fifty-six vehicles turned out for week four of the Der Dutchman Restaurant and Bakery cruise-in.
A number of cars made a first time appearance this week.
The central Ohio car show season kicked into high gear this weekend. There were shows in no less than seven area cities. These cities included Bellefontaine, Bucyrus, Columbus, Dublin, Marysville, Newark and Reynoldsburg. I have reports from three of the shows.